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Braves have MLB-best 9 on Top 100 prospects

Outfielder ranked No. 8, atop deep, talented farm system
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PHOENIX -- During the 40-plus seasons he has spent serving various roles within the Braves' organization, manager Brian Snitker witnessed the development of Tom Glavine, Chipper Jones, Javy Lopez and other homegrown talents who significantly influenced the organization winning 14 consecutive National League East division titles from 1991-2005.

As he now looks on from his big league perch, Snitker believes the organization has a similar crop of high-quality prospects who could provide a similar impact as their predecessors from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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PHOENIX -- During the 40-plus seasons he has spent serving various roles within the Braves' organization, manager Brian Snitker witnessed the development of Tom Glavine, Chipper Jones, Javy Lopez and other homegrown talents who significantly influenced the organization winning 14 consecutive National League East division titles from 1991-2005.

As he now looks on from his big league perch, Snitker believes the organization has a similar crop of high-quality prospects who could provide a similar impact as their predecessors from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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"There's probably just as much talent now as there was then," Snitker said. "You've got to stockpile a bunch of [prospects] like we did back then. You're going to miss on some, that's just part of it. But these guys we have now look like baseball players, and their makeup is just off the charts."

The hype surrounding Atlanta's deep, talented system was enhanced again, as the Braves have a Major League-high nine players on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, which has been updated to reflect midseason changes.

Midseason Top 100 Prospects list | Braves' Top 30

The ranking of baseball's top prospects is done by MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan MayoJim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. Only players with rookie status are eligible for the list. Players who were at least 23 years old when they signed and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.

Ronald Acuna has continued to draw comparisons to a young Andruw Jones while progressing from Class A Advanced Florida to Triple-A Gwinnett this year. The 19-year-old Venezuelan outfielder made a significant rise, as he went from unranked on the preseason list to No. 8.

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Acuna is now Atlanta's top prospect, unseating his best friend Ozzie Albies, who had the honor after Dansby Swanson graduated from prospect status on the first day of the season. Albies ranks No. 19 on the Top 100 list, making him one of six Braves listed among the top 50. He is currently Gwinnett's second baseman, but could reach the Majors within the next few weeks.

Other Braves listed among the Top 100 Prospects are left-handed pitcher Kolby Allard (No. 25), right-handed pitcher Kyle Wright (No. 35), right-hander Mike Soroka (No. 38), shortstop Kevin Maitan (No. 44), right-hander pitcher Ian Anderson (No. 57), left-hander Sean Newcomb (No. 58) and left-hander Luiz Gohara (No. 97).

Video: Top Prospects: Kolby Allard, LHP, Braves

Four of those players were acquired since the start of the 2016 season. Wright was the No. 5 overall selection in this year's MLB Draft, and Anderson was the third overall selection in 2016. Maitan, who has drawn comparisons to Miguel Cabrera, was the top international prospect in 2016, and Gohara has done nothing but impress since being acquired from the Mariners this past winter.

Joining these nine players to round out the club's top 10 prospects is left-hander Joey Wentz, who was one of three pitchers the club took within the first 48 overall selections of the 2016 Draft. This year's second-round selection, Drew Waters, a high school outfielder from suburban Atlanta, debuted as the Braves' No. 21 prospect.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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